Cruz: 'I'm Going to Speak Against ObamaCare Until I Can No Longer Stand'
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor Tuesday and delivered an epic 21-hour speech against ObamaCare.
At the outset, Cruz’s office said he intended to speak "until he is no longer able to stand." Watch and read highlights of Cruz marathon remarks below:
Cruz stressed that Congress needs to “do a better job at listening to the people.”
“The American people are frustrated because their elected officials don’t listen,” he said.
In the clip below, Cruz compared Congress to the WWF, saying, “It’s wrestling matches where it’s all rigged, the outcome is pre-determined. They know in advance who’s going to win and lose and it’s all for show!”
In the exchange below, Sen. Cruz addresses Democratic Senator Dick Durbin. He calls for members of Congress, all federal employees and every appointee of the Obama administration to be subject to the same health care rules as the American people.
Around 8p ET, Cruz began reading Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham." He related the children's book to ObamaCare, saying, "When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like ObamaCare either. They did not like ObamaCare in a box with a fox, in a house or with a mouse.”
Watch the clip below:
As Cruz hit the 18-hour mark in his filibuster-esque effort to delay Senate action on legislation in an effort to defund ObamaCare, Cruz related his struggle to the Star Wars movies ... and even contributed his best impression of Darth Vader.
"I will confess that the phrase 'a rebellion against oppression' conjured up to me the rebel alliance fighting against the empire, the empire being the Washington, D.C. establishment," Cruz said.
"Upon hearing that phrase, [I wondered] if we would see a tall gentleman in a mechanical breathing apparatus come forward and say in a deep voice, 'Mike Lee, I am your father."
Read highlights of Cruz's remarks below and check out reaction on Twitter here.
Unsurprisingly, I would have voted against ObamaCare. A number of members of this body voted in favor, but regardless of how you voted three and a half years ago, one of the great virtues of life is learning, is looking at the evidence, looking at the facts and seeing when something isn't working. You know, you look at the labor unions. Three and a half years ago, the labor unions were enthusiastically supporting ObamaCare. Why? Because they heard the promises -- because they heard the promises.
And they believed the promises and that's understandable. And yet one of the things we've seen this year is one labor union after another after another saying, whoa ... this thing isn't working. This thing is hurting us.
“If ObamaCare goes into effect before the end of this president’s administration, mark my words you will see an exemption for labor unions just like the exemption for big business, just like the exemption for members of Congress.”
“Let me be very, very clear. I do not believe we should shut down the federal government. The only reason we might shut down the federal government is if President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid decide they want to force a government shutdown.”
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 25, 2013
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The Senate adjourned at noon ET Wednesday, ending Cruz's marathon speech after more than 21 hours.
Watch the final moments: